5 Of The Coolest Things I Learned:
- Richard Wright detailed his use of a jazz chord (a D7#9) in the turnaround of the song “Breathe” that was inspired by his love for Miles Davis’s Kind Of Blue.
- “On The Run” originally started as a guitar jam before it was morphed in the studio into the atmospheric, synthesized version it became.
- Alan Parsons, who went on to have success as a producer and as a recording artist, was the engineer for the album, and said Dark Side Of The Moon was his first proper engineering job for Pink Floyd.
- Vocalist Clare Torry who sang on “The Great Gig In The Sky” recorded her part quickly and band members recounted that she was embarrassed by her performance.
- According to designer Storm Thorgerson, the inspiration for the now legendary album cover was three-fold : 1. The colorful Floyd light show, 2. The lyrics for the album having a lot to do with ambition and greed (hence the pyramid), 3. A directive from Richard Wright for something “simple, bold, and dramatic.”
This was one of the more informative and candid installments of the Classic Albums series. I enjoyed watching Waters, Gilmour, and Wright individually perform memorable moments from the album while detailing specific inspirations and musical instructions. This documentary also towed the line well in terms of outlining Dark Side‘s legacy – an album of this magnitude could have easily been filled with nauseating levels of self indulgence. But interestingly all parties involved expressed pride and appreciation as well as some regret and ambivalence at the album’s success and importance.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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